In the Shadows

In the Shadows

In the Shadows

While sitting in our dining room enjoying dinner at the cabin we spotted a deer crossing the lower forest area along the east side of our land. We enjoy three acres of land so there is ample area for the wildlife to attempt to sneak across unnoticed.

I couldn’t resist and had to jump up from the table and desert our company to go try to capture a picture. I’m not sure why this image is so grainy as I had the camera set to Camera Raw trying to get more vivid images. Anyway, it was dinner hour and it was getting darker to the east so that may have contributed. Regardless, I was able to catch him stopping to look at me anyway.

I did do some considerable editing in Photoshop for me especially since it was dusk and I shot the picture in Camera Raw manual settings.  I’ve been experimenting with manual settings again to retrain myself away from the easy auto settings the Nikon D60 camera offers.   The exposure was way off and after adjusting it I was very surprised to see the colors come to life.  Also, in Camera Raw, the white balance was changed to shade, blacks increased considerably (maybe too much) and exposure was corrected.   Once in Photoshop, I used auto levels, saturation was upped for green and lowered for blue and exposure was again checked.  This was all mostly because in my haste to grab the camera, not check the settings and scramble out the door before he left the area.  My settings unfortunately were f/5.6 1/125 and ISO 1600.  Not ideal but probably typical for an amateur photography.

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Categories: Animals, Cabin Called Ironworks, Photography


Lets talk about the two sides of me. I am a Gemini just so you know. The first side of me is the cooking and entertaining part. This is a major part of my life and I wouldn't be fulfilled without it. Of course, we all have to eat, but the main part of cooking for me is entertaining and sharing fun and flavorful foods with great friends. Dinner parties, happy hours and well, most anything to do with food is where I begin to enjoy. My other side, the artsy side is a craving for art, painting and photography. Maybe this is my Gemini left side of the brain?? Since starting to write a Blog I've picked back up what hubby calls my big ass camera and started carting it around again. He’s always afraid I will ask him to carry it. I keep thinking that when I retire (?#&*!!!) that I will have time to read all the photography books in my library and become a superb photographer. Wishful thinking.


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3 Comments on “In the Shadows”

  1. April 13, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I notice you’re a smugmugger. Me too!


    • April 13, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      Yes. I started using it before the blog. I sometimes put a link in for the max size image incase someone shook ever want to buy a picture. Wishful thinking. Not a good get rich scheme.


      • April 13, 2014 at 9:32 am #

        I also started using smugmug before the blog. I just wanted a place to house photos. I


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